Mail: cbudak [at] umich.edu

Twitter: @cerenbudak

Office: 3336 NQ

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. Before that, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research New York. I received my PhD from the Computer Science Department at University of California, Santa Barbara in December 2012. I received my Bachelors degree from Computer Science Dept. @Bilkent University in Turkey in 2007.


My research interests lie in the area of computational social science; a discipline at the intersection of computer science, statistics, and the social sciences. I am particularly interested in applying large scale data analysis techniques to study problems with social, political, and policy implications.


Active Projects

Below are a few active research projects I am interested in. Each is accompanied with a word cloud from one of my related papers. Because who doesn't like pretty figures?



Prospective Students


Prospective PhD students must first be admitted to UMSI's PhD program before they can work with an individual advisor. If you are interested in working with me, please first apply to our program and then drop me an email. Undergraduate and Masters students who have already been admitted to the University of Michigan and are interested in working on computational social science problems are welcome to contact me. Include your interests, degree, major, and resume in your email.